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2009 October | The Sports Report Girl

Halloween Special: NFL Meets Dungeons & Dragons

October 29, 2009 by SRG  
Filed under SRG's Blog

In the spirit of Halloween, we here at TheSportsReportGirl.com collaborated with Zack Dennis from Popdose.com, a really cool site for pop culture, music, movies/TV and current events. Zack writes a weekly “NFL picks” article for Popdose, and this week he decided to compare Fantasy Football to Dungeons and Dragons. Presenting his thoughts is where we came in. Check out his column, and our video, at Popdose.com.

This Is Personal For Camacho Jr.

October 29, 2009 by AC  
Filed under Boxing/MMA, SRG's Blog

Hector “Machito” Camacho Jr., son of legendary, three time world champion Hector Macho Camacho, is ready to avenge his father.

His opportunity will come October 30th in El Paso, Texas when he fights former junior middleweight champion Luis Ramon “Yory Boy” Campas.

The showdown is aptly titled “Latin Invasion 2: Revenge of the Son.”

In press interviews Camacho Jr. insists that he will take care of family business.

“I demanded this fight with Campas. This is personal: he offended my father and my family. I know there are members of the media saying why Campas, but they need to remember that Campas is a really tough fighter who has fought the very best and held his own.”

His motive for payback began four months ago when Campas earned a draw with Camacho Sr. The result ended in animosity which permeated long after the fight ended, prompting the curious father-son campaign.

Camacho Jr’s career started when, as an eight year old, he followed his father into the ring and mock sparred with him before the elder Camacho’s world title defense against Edwin Rosario. Three years later, Camacho Jr. began fighting.

A few minor light welterweight titles later solidified him as a boxer in his own right with a record of 47-3, 27 by knockout. In recent years, his career has been lackluster, with a disputable no-contest against Jesse James Leija, a loss to Omar Weiss, a stoppage by Andrey Tsurkan and a loss to Don Juan Futrell.

Fight night will determine if Camacho Jr. has it in him to continue the legacy and get the win that he seriously needs against a 38-year old fighter, who struggled with his 47-year old father.

Camacho Jr. and Campas will fight at the Don Haskins Center with an undercard that features El Paso super bantamweight contender Antonio Escalante vs. Carlos Fulgencio.

The Best Game Ever!

October 29, 2009 by Jenna Q.  
Filed under Football, NFL Football, SRG's Blog

Be ready for it – the NFL hype machine is back again. This Sunday, Nov. 1st, Brett Favre and the Vikes make the long awaited trip to Lambeau Field. The game in Minnesota was hyped and covered so much I wanted to break my new flat screen television. But then I learned there is such thing as an OFF button on the remote…oh and that there is also this place that people with real lives frequent from time-to-time – it’s called “the outdoors.”

But this next game at Lambeau? In Green Bay? Are you kidding me!? I’m JUICED for it. This match, not the previous one, is the game that everyone should have been marking on their calendars. It’s now my time to contribute to the hype: THIS IS THE GAME OF THE CENTURY!

You have, arguably, the greatest quarterback of all time stepping back onto the legendary field where he made miracles happen and brought joy to the tiny (by NFL standards) town of Green Bay, Wisconsin. But the greatest quarterback of all time is no longer the leader of the pack; he’s now the new leader of the Packers’ decades long division rival, the rejuvenated Minnesota Vikings. CAN YOU SAY DRAMA!?

How are the ever-so-classy Green Bay fans going to react when their one-time hero, the one guy they embraced for 16 long years, is on the field playing for the opposing team? Will they boo him? Or will they cheer for him? THE SUSPENSE IS KILLING ME!

Then, you have Favre’s talented one-time understudy, Aaron Rodgers, now leading the green and gold into the game with a 4-2 record. He lost on his first try against his godly, predecessor…how will he fair on his home turf? Will he emerge victorious or will the great one, once again, prove that he still owns Lambeau? SUNDAY CAN’T COME SOON ENOUGH!

You’d think this kind of storyline can only be found in a Hollywood movie, but here we have a real-life soap opera! This ain’t no balloon-boy hoax, folks…this is the real deal! The most exciting thing to ever happen in our lifetime! You don’t want to miss the big showdown between the most amazing football player ever and his former team – for the second time! Brett Favre at Lambeau is this season’s Superbowl! Forget Superbowl…this is the ULTIMATE BOWL! THIS IS THE BEST GAME EVER!

World Series Preview

October 27, 2009 by Gabe Zaldivar  
Filed under Baseball, MLB, SRG's Blog

Here we are, well into fall and on the precipice of possibly a classic World Series. If the Yankees win, I will find solace in that I won’t have to hear about the Yankees gaining retribution for not winning the title for a whopping 8 years. How the media plants a chip on the Yankees shoulder is beyond me. This is like Lakers fans getting miffed if there is no three-peat.

This series could be very close. This is a rare time when the National League team can match batters pound for pound with the American side. Both teams can hit the ball out of the yard when needed. The offenses are very similar with the speed going slightly to the Phillies.

Both teams have great defenses. When you look at each depth chart it really is hard to decipher who you would take between the positions. Teixeira and Howard are monsters at the plate but Tex may get the nod because of his fielding. Utley is arguably the best hitting second baseman in the majors right now, but Robinson Cano is not far behind, and younger.

Shortstop may go to Rollins if it weren’t October, a month Jeter dominates from both sides of the ball. The only real mismatch is at 3rd base, there ARod is a hall of famer and Pedro Feliz looks good in a hat.

The one thing that may keep this from being a tight series is the pitching. Last series the Phillies were able to get past their faults in the pen by dominating the Dodgers with their starters. In this series however, they are on the short end in both starting and relief pitching. Phillies starters are ill-equipped to face a line-up like the Yankees. Save Cliff Lee, the Phillies will be sending up questionable pitchers like Cole Hamels, Joe Blanton, and for game two, Pedro Martinez.

Hamels is a ghost of his 2008 self. He is neither overpowering nor fooling anyone at this stage. Joe Blanton is a fastball pitcher that likes to start a batter by throwing balls in the dirt. He will get behind in counts to a disciplined lineup and subsequently give up a long ball or two. Pedro Martinez looked good against the Dodgers, but then again Vicente Padilla looked good for a start against the Phillies.

The Phillies will most likely have to match the Yankees run for run rather than quieting their bats. Either way Charlie Manuel will have to go to the bullpen earlier in games than he would have liked. From there Chan Ho Park will remember he is Chan Ho Park. J.A. Happ will get bombed. Ryan Madson will walk batters. And Brad Lidge will either strike out the side or give up a grand slam.

This looks to be a good one, so pop open a beer, loosen the pants, and put up your feet. This may take a while.

On Campus: week 9

October 27, 2009 by SRG  
Filed under College Football, Football, SRG's Blog

Well, it’s that time of year… the time of year when several teams with identical records start to bunch near the top of the BCS poll, leaving us all to wonder which two are by far the best, and thus, deserving of playing for the National Championship. So this is my plea for a playoff in Division One Football.

Why I Hate My Favorite Team

October 27, 2009 by Jenna Q.  
Filed under Football, NFL Football, SRG's Blog

I’ve tried my absolute hardest to refrain from making the Raiders the center of my weekly posts, figuring I’ll be able to maintain my journalistic integrity by not showing any kind of favoritism or bias. But this week, I say screw it… it’s time for some blatant bashing!

So if you’ll allow me, I’d like to recite a story about two teams I know very well…

Let me take you back to April 2009, the NFL draft. Stafford had already been signed to the lowly Lions, and WR studs Michael Crabtree and Jeremy Maclin were highly sought after. The Raiders were coming off yet another abysmal season, and I was sitting there patiently waiting to hear the commish announce our new star WR, Michael Crabtree. Since both he and Maclin were still on the board, it was a no-brainer that one of those talents would be wearing the Silver and Black and bring us back to the Super Bowl baby!

And to no one’s surprise (especially not mine) Al Davis and his dunce cap wearing team of execs selected a kid named Darrius Heyward-Bey. He can’t catch the ball worth a damn, but boy, he sure is fast! Then, in the lowest point of my sports-addicted’ life, 3 spots down, Crabtree was selected by one of the Raider’s cross-bay nemeses, the San Francisco 49ers.

Fast-forward to this Sunday. Crabtree, after a 3 month long holdout, finally made his debut as a Niner against the Texans. He finished with 5 catches for 56 yards. Chris Mortensen on Twitter made sure to emphasize how Crabs had already caught up with, and surpassed, DHB in total catches for the season. Once again, I was not surprised.

What did surprise me, though, was the Niners’ decision to play 2005’s #1 overall draft pick Alex Smith, thinking he could provide an offensive spark of some kind. Smith has been all sorts of terrible in his NFL career, but his stat line on Sunday was a far cry from the days when fans were pleading for no-name Shaun Hill to start in his place. Smith ended 15 for 22 with 206 total yards and three TDs.

On the other side of the Bay, my glorious excuse for a team has their very own #1 overall pick playing at a superb level… a superbly awful level, that is. With three turnovers in the first quarter and no signs of life in the second half, Jamarcus Russell was benched for journeyman Bruce Gradkowski. Suffice it to say, the substitution didn’t work — the Raiders were shutout.

I’m not saying that Crabtree is going to be a star, nor am I saying that Smith is not a bust (in my book, he still is). What I am saying is I’d rather have Crabtree over DHB and… uh… the quarterback of my high school football team over Jamarcus.

I am also merely mapping out the evidence for the police when they find out a hit has been placed on Al Davis’ head – yet again.

Waking Up With: Frank & Jaime McCourt

October 27, 2009 by SRG  
Filed under Random Thoughts, SRG's Blog

This thing is going to get a lot uglier before it ever gets better! And though I’m sad to see them split, it certainly looks like it’s going to be a wonderful soap opera! Where’s TO? I need some popcorn!

Can Dez Come Out and Play? An Open Letter to the NCAA

October 27, 2009 by Dion Rabouin  
Filed under College Football, Football, SRG's Blog

Dear NCAA,
I was watching the Oklahoma State-Missouri game this weekend and I noticed that you still haven’t reinstated Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant from suspension.

I’m sorry NCAA, but are you Dez Bryant’s daddy… or maybe his girlfriend? It must be one or the other because that would be the only way to explain you punishing him for having dinner at a man’s house and then not being entirely forthright about it. I get that as an NCAA athlete he isn’t allowed to have a job, get paid for the extra 40 hours a week he spends making you millions, meet with anyone who could potentially make him money in the future, or be caught in any pictures that might make The Association look bad. But continuing a suspension that was handed out for lying about a dinner with a former NFL super star is absurd, even for you.

I understand that somehow you and your governing board have convinced yourselves of your unquestionable moral superiority, despite the fact that your entire business model is, ostensibly, slavery. I’m not calling anyone a racist here, but does a group of old, predominantly white men making millions off of young, predominantly black men (who don’t get paid a dime for their services) sound like anything else?

While most coaches, college presidents and athletic directors are making million-dollar salaries… and you yourself are raking in staggering sums of money from ticket sales, television contracts, bowl games, video game licensing and merchandising… the amateur status of your players is something you take very seriously (despite the lack of a name on the back, when I buy a number 15 Florida Gators jersey, you know exactly why I’m buying it).

I also understand that these players are getting a “free education,” one that is worth at best 10 percent (~$50,000 for tuition and fees at USC) and at worst two percent (~$10,000 at the University of Alabama) of a bare minimum salary in the NFL.

What I can’t understand though, and probably never will, is how you can take violations of this supposed “amateurism” so seriously. These kids are obviously not amateurs, no matter how much you want to pretend. They are grown men, playing a grown man’s game and they’re doing it all for free. I understand that you’ll probably never pay them, but you could at least loosen up on the BS regulations. Dez Bryant doesn’t want to recoup any of the money your corrupt system clearly owes him. He isn’t trying to leave school early or sign with an agent. All he wants to do is be a part of that corrupt system and play. How patently absurd is it that you won’t even let him do that?

Sincerely,

T. Boone Pickens

Yankees’ John Sterling Works My Last Nerve

October 23, 2009 by SRG  
Filed under Random Thoughts, SRG's Blog

Okay, so A-rod is killing it in the month of October… I guess there’s a first time for everything. But I have a pretty good idea why he’s killing it.

On Campus: week 8

October 23, 2009 by SRG  
Filed under Football, NFL Football, SRG's Blog

It’s a light week in college football with only one game between ranked opponents. Thankfully it’s a good one, as # 8 TCU visits #16 BYU in Provo, UT. Also, Bradford is out again and the first BCS poll of the season has Boise State at #4.

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